The 5 tips you need on Election Day

Posted at 7:37 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 10:48:50-05

Arizona voters are expected to turn out in record numbers Tuesday to vote for POTUS, Maricopa County sheriff and recreational marijuana.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. statewide.

Election officials say voters may have to wait in line during peak times, which are typically early mornings and evenings after work.  

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Here are five things you need to know before heading to the polls:

Get prepared. You must vote at your neighborhood precinct.  You can check the location and get other voter information from the Maricopa County Recorder's Office or the Arizona Secretary of State. Make sure you bring proper identification.  

Early ballots. If you still have an early ballot, don't try to mail it now. According to Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan, you can drop off early ballots at any polling place in your county. You can go immediately to the front of the line and drop it in the ballot box.

Inactive voters. Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell says the thousands of people on the inactive voter roll will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot at their local precinct. If they present proper identification matching their voter registration, their vote will be counted.

Be vigilant. After a turbulent campaign season, election officials say extra monitors will be at polling places to ensure safety. Sect. Reagan says, "If you see something that makes you feel uncomfortable, make sure you alert a poll marshal."

Be yourself. Arizona law allows voters to wear candidate T-shirts or other apparel. You can also bring your dog. Voters can take selfies inside the polling place, but they are not allowed to take pictures of other voters or other ballots. You can bring a "cheat sheet" to vote, but you can't pass out information to other voters inside.

Arizona has 3.4 million registered voters. According to the Arizona Secretary of State's office, 1.65 million early ballots were returned by Monday. Forty percent were Republican,  33.6 percent were Democrat, 26.4 percent were other parties or independent.

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